SEVEN-TRY NEW ZEALAND CRUSH IRELAND TO REACH SEMIS
New Zealand proved that they are in an excellent form to win their fourth Rugby World Cup title as they outclassed Ireland 46-14 in their last eight-clash on Saturday. The All Blacks displayed brilliant performance with seven tries and had effectively secured victory by halftime. The win set them up for a semifinal clash against England.
Richie Mo’unga opened the scoring with a 5th minute penalty. After a tough first 10 minutes, the three-times champions started to dominate the match. Aaron Smith scored the first two tries in the 13th & 19th minutes, before Beauden Barrett added another in the 31st minute. New Zealand went into the break with a solid 22-0 lead.
The All Blacks continued the assaults on Ireland when the match resumed. Codie Taylor and Matt Todd crossed the try line in the 47th and 60th minutes. In the 68th minute, the Irish got a converted try through Robbie Henshaw. Seven minutes later, referee Nigel Owen awarded them a penalty try. But then, New Zealand replied with a 78th minute try by Jordie Barrett.
New Zealand will face England in the last four. England beat Australia 40-16 in another quarterfinals match on the same day.